The new 7-Eleven on the corner of Cypress Avenue and Flanders Road in Flanders is scheduled to open its doors on Wednesday, December 17, according to a spokeswoman for the corporation.
Construction has wrapped up on the building itself, but the convenience store cannot open without first securing sign permits from Southampton Town, Margaret Chabris, 7-Eleven’s director of corporate communications, said on Tuesday afternoon.
Southampton Town Planning Board members gave the site plan—which called for the construction of a 3,000-square-foot store with 27 parking spaces on the three-quarter-acre property—a final nod at their meeting on November 20, and town planners are now making the final adjustments before those plans are finalized and signed.
Planning Board Chairman Dennis Finnerty said Tuesday that he does not see a reason why the store would not open as scheduled later this month.
Ms. Chabris estimated that the convenience store could employ up to 20 people.
The land was originally purchased for $740,000 in 2009 by Bryan Whalen, a developer from East Quogue. Mr. Whalen initially faced much public opposition and ultimately let his site plan approval and building permit to construct a convenience store expire.
He then sold the lot to Flanders Holding LLC in December 2013 for the same price. Mr. Whalen noted that the 7-Eleven chain is leasing the building from Flanders Holding LLC.